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Susan is a 4th generation Oregonian, raised on farms in the Willamette Valley.  Her family valued integrity and a strong work ethic.  When Susan was young, she got involved in 4-H and raised sheep, swine, and beef cattle with her brothers and sisters.  She picked strawberries and green beans to make money for school clothes and pay for 4-H projects – these values of hard work and responsible spending have guided Susan throughout her life.

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From the time Susan was 14 years old, she was involved with speech and debate. This experience taught her that if a community needed to solve a problem, it was important to bring together multiple perspectives to identify solutions—and that listening thoughtfully was every bit as important as making your point well.

 

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Going to school was the heart of the experience Susan had with her community, so she decided to get a teaching degree from Western Oregon University.  Shortly after graduating, she began teaching and coaching speech and debate in Hillsboro. For the last 40 years she has woken up every day feeling grateful for the opportunity to have a positive impact on her community. In 2011, Susan was honored to receive a Crystal Apple award for outstanding local teachers from the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. She recently received a national award for longevity and excellence as Glencoe High School’s Speech and Debate coach.

 

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Susan and her late husband raised their family together in Forest Grove and Susan has attended church in Cornelius for more than twenty years. Her husband owned a machine shop in Cornelius and worked very hard to provide for the family, like so many other small business owners that make up the character and fabric of the community.

 

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Susan’s children and grandchildren have had all the opportunities that living near a metropolitan area offers, while learning the same values a rural upbringing taught her.  This unique balance was the reason she decided to run for a position as Metro Regional Government Councilor in 1990.  Susan’s background made her passionate about the way we balance protecting Oregon’s natural resources with creating the infrastructure that families and the economy need to thrive.

 

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Susan was elected to serve on the Metro Council four terms in a row.  As someone who has served our community as an elected leader for sixteen years, Susan has always worked to be a good listener and make sure the public has input on issues of land use and planning, transportation, and solid waste.  It was – and always will be – important to Susan to make sure she was helping facilitate a government that was part of the solution, and not the problem.

 

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Susan has worked her whole life to give children a great education, protect Oregon’s beautiful farmlands, and find sensible solutions to allow families and the economy to thrive. She will work every day in Salem for the same priorities.